Decorative Carafe- 75 CL
This elegant carafe is in the shape of an oil drop, representing the delicious “green gold” inside. Indeed, it protects a precious treasure: the most awarded olive oil in all of France. This keepsake bottle is printed with the emblem of Château Virant on the outside. This signature decanter can serve as both a conversational piece as well as an original gift.
The Aix-en-Provence PDO oil contained within the bottle is made from olives harvested exclusively in orchards in Provence and pressed in our mill in the heart of our estate.
This pale green oil with golden reflections reveals dominant aromas of greenery, fresh grass, green apple, and almonds.
The structure of the oil is complex, smooth, and balanced. Its slight bitterness contributes to its remarkable taste.
The olives that are used to produce this oil are picked early in the season and are immediately pressed at our mill.
Christine Cheylan is responsible for the production of all of the estate’s oils. In the mill, she processes the fruits that her brother Pascal has so carefully tended throughout the year. In a careful process, she extracts the oil from the fruit and filters it carefully to produce the oils of such national and international renown.
From the soil to the final product, the strength of the Cheylan family is to master the entire production chain with know-how and high standards.
The history of the most awarded olive oil in France:
Each year, from the 36 hectares of olive trees on the estate, we harvest a variety of olives to process. Each type of oil may vary slightly, depending on the time of the harvest, the blending of varieties, and the weather of a particular year. No matter the conditions, come harvest time, our tanks are always full. Some will offer rounder, more complex oils, while others will be full with lighter, more herbaceous oils.
The oil offered in this carafe is our personal favorite, the one that we use at our own table. It is the indisputable favorite of the Cheylan family.
And such agreement is not easy in a family with very different personalities!
We often use this oil to dip with bread as an aperitif. We also use it in family recipes, and as a finishing touch to a special dish. It is the one oil that unites us, and it is the one that we share with our friends.
Both raw and cooked, this olive oil is remarkable with all types of salads, vegetables, and fish. It also pairs well with white and red meats, especially lamb. This oil is ideal for any purpose without question.
Château Virant has an HVE 3 certification issued by the French government. This distinguished label is only obtained after having reached the highest level of environmental certification for farms. This label signifies sustainable production and practices with careful management of natural resources.
Since its creation in 1996, the PDO Aix-en-Provence Château Virant olive oil has been awarded the gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris, making it the most awarded oil in France.
The Concours Général Agricole de Paris allows farmers to compete against their peers who produce similar products. Each year, Château Virant wins medals in this competition for its wines and oils, making it one of the most awarded estates in France.
In addition to the CGA, the PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil regularly wins the gold medal in the competition of oils from the South Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur (PACA) region.
This regional competition rewards producers from the PACA region, which accounts for more than 2/3 of the French olive oil industry. This competition presents an array of products from Provence, allowing artisans from throughout the region to showcase their bounty for judging. The jurors are all knowledgeable professionals, which grants greater significance to the winners.
Aix-en-Provence PDO olive oil was also awarded a silver medal in 2020 at the London Olive Oil competition, a competition of the best European olive oils.
This particular competition is intended only for professionals and thus allows importers to obtain reliable technical information about the quality of the oils.
Also in 2020, PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil won a silver medal in the Olive Oil Japan competition.
An international competition, where global entrants compete against the over 700 extra virgin oils sold in Japan. Medaling in this particular competition recognized Château Virant as a strong player in the international olive industry.
Finally, PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil is regularly presented at the Mario Solinas Competition, which is the competition of the International Olive Council of Madrid.
This particular competition may be the most demanding competition of all because the oils are judged by international “test panels” established by the International Olive Council. At each presentation, the PDO Aix-en-Provence oil has been highly awarded, winning several gold and silver medal.
All our olive oils are labeled Olive Oil from France. This is our guarantee that they all come from the orchards of Château Virant, in the heart of Provence.
How it's made
To make our PDO Aix-en-Provence olive oil, we begin by visually checking the quality of the olives that arrive at the mill. We remove the berries and discard any damaged fruit.
The olives are then stripped of their leaves, washed with clean water, and crushed.
The resulting paste is kneaded and then the oil is separated mechanically by means of centrifugal force.
Next, our oils are placed in vats where they are filtered. Finally, they will be bottled and packaged for sale.
At Château Virant, we only sell vintage oils, which means we only offer fresh oil made from the olives that were harvested in the same year.
Keep oils away from light and heat to maintain the subtle flavors and nutritional benefits of the oil. By following these simple precautions, the taste qualities will not be compromised and the shelf life of the oil can be extended.
Living Heritage Company
Thanks to its oil mill, which is one of the largest in France, Château Virant is the first estate to have been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV).
Like monuments designated as national heritage sites, this label recognizes companies that serve as representatives of excellence in craftsmanship.
Culinary College of France
All of our olive oils have been recognized by the Culinary College of France. This institution, created by internationally renowned chiefs such as Alain Ducasse, Thierry Marx, Joël Robuchon and Yannick Alléno, participates in the promotion of French gastronomy throughout the world. Through rigorous judging, the Culinary College of France awards products that celebrate both the heritage and the future of French cuisine.
|Appellation of origin||Olive oil from France, Protected Designation of Origin Aix en Provence|
|Assembly||Salonenque, Aglandau, Picholine, Grossane, Verdale des Bouches-du-Rhône|
|Vintage||Current year's vintage|
|Dominant aromas||Fresh herbs, green apples and almonds|
|Area||This oil is made from 36 hectares of olive trees. Our estate has a total of 42 hectares.|
|Location||The orchards are located in the communes of Lançon de Provence, La Fare-les-Oliviers and Velaux|
|Planting density||Our rows of olive trees are spaced 6m apart from each other and the trees in the same row have an average spacing of 5m.|
|Floors||The soil is clay and limestone.|
|Date of harvest||The olives are harvested from mid-October to the end of November depending on their maturity|
|Type of crop||The entire estate is certified High Environmental Value level 3 (HVE3), the most demanding sustainable agriculture.|
|Oliveraie||Aix en Provence PDO olive oil is produced from the orchards of Château Virant|
|Age of the olive trees||Our olive trees are on average about sixty years old, they have resurrected after the frost of 1956|
|Sorting||After a first visual selection, the olives are thinned out, washed to remove all impurities before being crushed|
|Performance||Yields vary between 4 and 8 tons/ha|
|Type of pressing||First cold extraction Continuous chain 12 hours after harvest|
|Dress||Pale green with gold highlights|
|Type of filtration||Plate filter|
|Smoke point temperature||210°|
|Oleic acidity||< 0,3|
|Peroxide value||< 8|
|Type of fruitiness||Fruity green|
|Type of harvest||The harvesting of the olives is done manually and with vibrating combs.|
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Thierry V. published the 30/07/2022 following an order made on 19/07/2022
Elle est très belle. Carafe digne d un bon vin.
Christophe F. published the 22/07/2022 following an order made on 11/07/2022
Deux oeuvres d'art : contenu et contenant !
Christophe D. published the 21/07/2022 following an order made on 09/07/2022
Très jolie bouteille pour l'utilisation quotidienne en cuisine Bel effet sur le plan de travail
Michel R. published the 22/06/2022 following an order made on 09/06/2022
Laurence E. published the 15/06/2022 following an order made on 02/06/2022
Bouteille magnifique et produit de qualité, je recommande !
Georges S. published the 20/04/2022 following an order made on 02/04/2022
Très beau produit .
Christophe V. published the 12/03/2022 following an order made on 01/03/2022
Carafe magnifique et huile de haute qualité
Aurelia C. published the 10/03/2022 following an order made on 27/02/2022
bouteille somptueuse, complétement conforme à mes attentes
Paul L. published the 10/03/2022 following an order made on 27/02/2022